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    The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism.Carl Levy & Matthew S. Adams (eds.) - 2018 - Cham: Springer Verlag.
    This handbook unites leading scholars from around the world in exploring anarchism as a political ideology, from an examination of its core principles, an analysis of its history, and an assessment of its contribution to the struggles that face humanity today. Grounded in a conceptual and historical approach, each entry charts what is distinctive about the anarchist response to particular intellectual, political, cultural and social phenomena, and considers how these values have changed over time. At its heart is a sustained (...)
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  2. Political Theory and History: The Case of Anarchism.Nathan Jun & Matthew S. Adams - 2015 - Journal of Political Ideologies 20 (3):244-262.
    This essay critically examines one of the dominant tendencies in recent theoretical discussions of anarchism, postanarchism, and argues that this tradition fails to engage sufficiently with anarchism’s history. Through an examination of late 19th-century anarchist political thought—as represented by one of its foremost exponents, Peter Kropotkin—we demonstrate the extent to which postanarchism has tended to oversimplify and misrepresent the historical tradition of anarchism. The article concludes by arguing that all political-theoretical discussions of anarchism going forward should begin with a fresh (...)
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    Formulating an Anarchist Sociology: Peter Kropotkin’s Reading of Herbert Spencer.Matthew S. Adams - 2016 - Journal of the History of Ideas 77 (1):49-73.
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    Contribution to a symposium on Sophie Scott-Brown, Colin Ward and the art of everyday anarchy(London and New York: Routledge, 2023).Matthew S. Adams - forthcoming - History of European Ideas.
    Colin Ward is not necessarily a gift for the biographer. As Sophie Scott-Brown’s engaging study reminds us, one of his defining characteristics was a thoroughgoing humility, and one consequence of...
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    Art, Education, and Revolution: Herbert Read and the Reorientation of British Anarchism.Matthew S. Adams - 2013 - History of European Ideas 39 (5):709-728.
    It is popularly believed that British anarchism underwent a ‘renaissance’ in the 1960s, as conventional revolutionary tactics were replaced by an ethos of permanent protest. Often associated with Colin Ward and his journal Anarchy, this tactical shift is said to have occurred due to growing awareness of Gustav Landauer's work. This article challenges these readings by focusing on Herbert Read's book Education through Art, a work motivated by Read's dissatisfaction with anarchism's association with political violence. Arguing that aesthetic education could (...)
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    George Woodcock and the Doukhobors: peasant radicalism, anarchism, and the Canadian state.Matthew S. Adams & Luke Kelly - 2018 - Intellectual History Review 28 (3):399-423.
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    ‘Sleeping dogs and rebellious hopes’: anarchist utopianism in the age of realized utopia.Matthew S. Adams - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (8):1093-1106.
    ABSTRACT After the tragedies of the twentieth century, the utopian impulse was subject to searching criticism by a host of liberal intellectuals including Karl Popper, Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, and Jacob Talmon. Looking to history and political philosophy, these thinkers impugned utopianism for so frequently destroying the freedoms it appeared to pursue. Defined by its theoretical contradictions, the utopian project, rooted in the politics of the Enlightenment, bore some responsibility for the totalitarianism and genocide that had shaped their lives. As (...)
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